Science Has Limits—and So Do Scientists

March 17, 2023 12:28 pm ET

Tubes containing homeopathic medicines at a pharmacy in Good, France, July 11, 2019.


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Carlo Rovelli

properly states that science is generally incorrect simply because it is a time-sensitive try to describe reality and have to continually be updated primarily based on new information and facts (“The Finest Purpose to Trust Science,” Overview, March 11). Nowhere is that truer than in medicine. He recognizes that a healthcare therapy is “scientific” if it is proved productive, even if we have no thought how it operates, which is the case with a number of widespread standard drugs employed now as properly as with homeopathic medicines.

Homeopathy treats person sufferers, not illnesses, so that sufferers with the very same healthcare diagnosis may acquire various medicines. Testing and statistical evaluation made for standard drugs do not give beneficial information and facts about homeopathic treatment options. Alternatively, homeopathic medicines tailored to the patient can lead to improvements in a number of places of well being.

Physicians and sufferers opt for these medicines simply because they see for themselves that they can strengthen well being outcomes without having causing undesirable side effects. As soon as you have experienced—as I have—your child’s asthma disappearing just after a single dose of a homeopathic remedy, that is no longer theory. It is the proof that seriously matters to men and women, and it wants to be respected if science and medicine are to retain credibility.

Priscilla Selsam

New York

Dr. Rovelli attacks a straw man: Scientists, not the scientific system, are deemed untrustworthy by a lot of. They are, just after all, human and topic to all the very same biases. Their judgment can be skewed by the wish for energy, social acceptance, funding, and so forth. In the extended run, science frequently advances. But in the quick run, scientists’ skewed pronouncements can do damage—especially when they let themselves to be politicized.

Jim Reardon

Belmont, Mass.

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